Imphal: Shangshak Battalion Assam Rifles under the aegis of IGAR (S) launched an operation on Friday in Ukhrul district and intercepted three trucks ferrying smuggled timber.
Acting on credible intelligence, the team intercepted three trucks in thr morning and seized 1350 cubic feet of Pinewood. The timber was being illegally transported from Maku village of Ukhrul district to Imphal, Assam Rifles said.
The market value of the smuggled timber is assessed to be Rs 4.32 crore, it added.
The three drivers of the trucks were apprehended and identified as Ningthoujam Ashok Kumar Singh resident of Liemakhong Mapal Mamang Leikai, Md Riyajuddin resident of Khurai village and Elangbam Somendro Singh resident of Heirok Part-II, Thoubal district.
The seized timber alongwith drivers and vehicles were handed over to Shangshak Police ztation for further investigation, the Assam Rifles said.